The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
Trigger & Content Warnings:
- Sexism (theme)
- Forced servitude
- Parental abandonment
- Alcohol consumption mentioned
- Blood & gore depiction, including dead bodies
- Physical injuries
- Grief & loss depiction
- Death of a mother & father
- Death of a friend
- Animal death & dead bodies
- Animal injury
- Animal attack
- Poverty themes, including threat of eviction